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Spring 2015 Program Highlights
SATURDAY, MARCH 21
RADIO’S COPY CATS
Read the article about radio’s copy cats in the Winter 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
GREEN HORNET (7-11-39) “The Devil’s Playground” stars Al Hodge as Britt Reid and Raymond Toyo as Kato. The Hornet investigates “The Devil’s Dipper,” an unsafe roller coaster at a nearby amusement park. Syndicated. (27 min)
BLUE BEETLE (8-7-40 and 8-9-40) “Two Rackets in One” is a two-part story, in which the Blue Beetle (aka policeman Dan Garrett) takes on a criminal mastermind behind both a truck drivers’ protection scheme and a poultry racket. Syndicated. (12 min and 13 min)
THE THIN MAN (7-6-48) “The Adventure of the Passionate Palooka” starring Les Tremayne and Claudia Morgan as Nick and Nora Charles. On the eve of his big bout, a dim-witted prizefighter asks Nick and Nora to find his missing pet dog. Ed Herlihy announces. Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, NBC. (28 min)
MR. AND MRS. NORTH (3-4-52) “The Heavenly Body” stars Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin as Pam and Jerry North. The Norths visit a nightclub and find themselves investigating the death of a newspaper columnist who has been blackmailing the club’s singer. AFRS rebroadcast. (27 min)
THE SHADOW (1-5-41) “The Leopard Strikes” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston, Marjorie Anderson as the lovely Margot Lane. The Shadow investigates when a policeman is murdered at the zoo. Cast includes Kenny Delmar, Everett Sloane, Keenan Wynn. Blue Coal, MBS. (27 min)
THE AVENGER (1-31-46) “The Department of Death” with James Monks as Jim Brandon — The Avenger — with Helen Adamson as Fern Collyer. The night watchman at a department store is found murdered. The Avenger investigates. Syndicated. (30 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 28
ALDRICH FAMILY (2-20-40) Ezra Stone stars as Henry, with House Jameson and Kathryn Raht as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich. Henry wants to make money by raising animals and finally decides to raise pigeons. Cast includes Alan Reed. Harry Von Zell announces. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (10-3-48) “The Persian Slipper” starring Gerald Mohr as Marlowe in the second show of the series. A businessman hires Marlowe to find his wife, who has disappeared after an argument. Cast includes Luis Van Rooten, Virginia Gregg, Lawrence Dobkin, Jeff Corey, Jeanne Bates, Tony Barrett, Gil Stratton, Frank Richards. Roy Rowan announces. Sustaining, CBS. (28 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (3-5-52) With Lurene Tuttle, Pat McGeehan, The Smith Twins, David Rose and the Orchestra, announcer Rod O’Connor. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire is devoted to “Hawaii,” with sketches featuring Clem Kadiddlehopper and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Norge, CBS. (30 min)
INNER SANCTUM (6-5-45) “Death Across the Board” stars Raymond Massey in a story of a macabre game of chess that used real people as chessmen. Cast includes Jackson Beck. Lipton Tea and Soup, CBS. (29 min)
GINNY SIMMS SHOW (2-8-46) With Frank DeVol and the Orchestra, announcer Don Wilson and guest Jerry Colonna, who sings “Your Father’s Moustache” and performs a sketch with Ginny as his secretary. Former serviceman Don Kemp sings “If I Had You”; Ginny sings “Slowly” and “Stardust.” Borden’s Products, CBS. (28 min)
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (9-18-47) “The Fraud” starring Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police. Two criminals plan to hold up a priest who is coming to the Yukon with money for a mission. Cast includes Paul Hughes. Sustaining, ABC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 4
RADIO’S EASTER BASKET
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (4-18-46) Bing Crosby stars, with Eddy Duchin, the Charioteers, announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, and guests Trudi Erwin and, from Chicago, the Kraft Choral Club, who sing two Easter hymns. Bing discusses his plans to walk in Sunday’s Easter Parade and sings “Easter Parade” with Trudi. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (4-3-47) With Bill Goodwin, Meredith Willson, Mel Blanc, Elvia Allman, Verna Felton, Lurene Tuttle. Gracie wants George to buy her a new Easter hat, and she enlists the Beverly Hills Uplift Society to help make her case. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC. (29 min)
HOLLYWOOD STAR TIME (4-21-46) “The Song of Bernadette” starring Vincent Price, Lee J. Cobb, Pedro DeCordoba and Vanessa Brown in a radio adaptation of the 1943 film. A poor village girl sees a miraculous apparition. Frigidaire, CBS. (29 min)
PRIVATE LIVES OF ETHEL AND ALBERT (1940s) Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce star as Ethel and Albert, with Madeline Pierce as Susie, who receives a surprise Easter gift from her grandmother. Written by Peg Lynch. Sustaining, ABC. (31 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (4-17-49) Alice invites her daughters’ school principal to Easter dinner. With Elliott Lewis as Frankie, Walter Tetley as Julius, Robert North as Willie, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield. Rexall, NBC. (26 min)
SIX SHOOTER (4-15-54) “Crisis at Easter Creek” starring James Stewart as plainsman Britt Ponset. When the townspeople of Easter Creek need a new organ for their church, Britt is asked to spearhead a fund-raising campaign. Cast: Virginia Gregg, Marvin Miller, Ted DiCorsia, Robert Griffin, William Conrad. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY, FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY!
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (4-16-35) JIm and Marian Jordan star as Fibber McGee and “his constant companion and severest critic, Molly,” with announcer Harlow Wilcox, Rico Marcelli and the Orchestra, Kathleen Wells, Ronnie and Van. The McGees are hauled into traffic court. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min) April 16, 2015 marks the 80th anniversary of the debut of Fibber McGee and Molly.
LUX RADIO THEATRE (4-8-40) “Mama Loves Papa” starring Jim and Marian Jordan in a radio version of the 1933 film, about a mild-mannered office worker who loses his job through his wife’s efforts to improve him. Cast includes Lou Merrill, Celeste Rush, Arthur Q. Bryan, Rolfe Sedan, Eddie Marr, Barbara Jean Wong, Abe Reynolds. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Announcer is Melville Ruick. Lux Soap, CBS. (24 min & 21 min & 15 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (4-9-40) The McGees return home to Wistful Vista by bus after appearing on the Lux Radio Theatre the night before. With Harold Peary as Gildersleeve, Isabel Randolph, Bill Thompson, Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (2-3-49) “Backseat Driver” starring Jim and Marian Jordan in a rare dramatic performance, as a husband and wife returning from a Saturday night movie who discover an unwanted passenger in their car. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (6-30-53) Jim and Marian Jordan star in the last half-hour program of the series, with Bill Thompson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Dick LeGrand, Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. The McGees join their friends for a fishing trip at Dugan’s Lake. Reynolds Aluminum, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
THE WHISTLER (3-31-47) “The Blank Wall” starring Bill Forman as The Whistler, with Charles Seel, Jack Petruzzi. At an engagement party for his daughter, a bank guard is shocked to encounter a man from his past. Cast includes Earle Ross. Signal Oil, CBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (6-17-14) Part one of Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with singer Patty Clark, speaking from her home in Santa Monica, California, as she looks back on her career in music, radio and television. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj of Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (29 min)
SUPPER CLUB (11-10-58) The first show of the series, with announcer Jim Conway, Larry Taylor and the Orchestra, and singer Patty Clark. Songs include “Bye Bye Blackbird,” “Makin’ Whoopie,” and “The Song Is You.” Participating sponsors, WBBM. (15 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET (11-14-48) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star, with Tommy Bernard as David, Henry Blair as Ricky, John Brown as Thorny, announcer Verne Smith. When Thorny invites the boys to his log cabin, Ozzie and Harriet look forward to a quiet evening at home. International Silver, NBC. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (6-17-14) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with Patty Clark. (22 min)
SUPPER CLUB (11-11-58) The second show of the series, with Jim Conway, Patty Clark, Larry Taylor and the Orchestra. Songs include “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone,” “A Cottage for Sale” and “There Will Never Be Another You.” Participating sponsors, WBBM. (17 min)
NIGHTBEAT (6-5-50) “The Girl From Kansas” starring Frank Lovejoy as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star. A young woman from a small town arrives in Chicago and is arrested for theft. Cast: Barbara Fuller, Gerald Mohr, Jeanette Nolan, Lou Krugman, Francis Cheney. Wheaties, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
SPRING CLEANING WITH SOAPS AND WATER
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (6-30-52) Book 96, Chapter 11 of the long-running dramatic series, starring J. Anthony Smythe as Henry Barbour, Minetta Ellen as Fanny Barbour. Henry and Fanny discuss Joan’s pregnancy; Claudia talks about his daughter’s adolescence. Miles Laboratories, NBC. (14 min)
THIS IS NORA DRAKE (12-16-47) An isolated episode of the series, “a story seen through a woman’s heart,” with Charlotte Holland as Nora Drake, Irene Hubbard as Rose Fuller. Nora’s long-lost father confesses to abandoning his wife and child and asks to see his daughter again. Bill Cullen announces. Toni Home Permanent, NBC. (15 min)
HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL (7-12-59) “Young Gun” starring John Dehner as Paladin and Ben Wright as Hey Boy. Paladin rides into a drought-stricken town where the ranchers are running out of water. Cast includes Sam Edwards, Harry Bartell, Virginia Christine. Participating sponsors, CBS. (23 min)
OUR GAL SUNDAY (11-22-46) An isolated episode of the long-running serial, with Vivian Smolen as Sunday and Karl Swenson as her husband, Lord Henry Brinthrope. Sunday talks to Henry about his visit to Dr. Abbott and Thelma’s announcement that she will marry Henry. Anacin, CBS. (14 min)
JUST PLAIN BILL (November 1954) An isolated episode of the long-running daytime drama, with Arthur Hughes as Bill Davidson and Ruth Russell as daughter Nancy. With Nancy on trial for the murder of Thelma Nelson, Bill hatches a plan with Nancy’s attorney to re-create the scene of the murder and find the real killer. Miles Laboratories, NBC. (14 min)
JUDY CANOVA SHOW (9-7-43) With Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge, Frank Nelson, announcer Ken Niles, Eddie Dean. Judy goes to a party on a reservation to secure a special mineral water for her pet pig. Judy sings “You’ll Never Know.” Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (25 min)
FRONT PAGE FARRELL (7-2-48) An isolated episode of this long-running daytime serial about a “crack newspaperman and his wife,” with Staats Cotsworth as David Farrell. A stolen bust of Beethoven, a Chinese urn and an unpublished song are clues to a big story. Kolynos, Black Flag, NBC. (15 min)
JOYCE JORDAN, MD (8-4-47) An isolated episode of the series, with Les Tremayne as Dawson Blakely. Dawson confronts his mother about her behavior, while Ernest and Jim have run away from home. Dreft, NBC. (15 min)
GREEN HORNET (9-24-46) “Underwater Adventure” starring Bob Hall as Britt Reid, Rollon Parker as Kato. A gang masquerading as a salvage company plans to dig up a strongbox that was submerged in the harbor. The Hornet investigates. Hal Neal announces. Sustaining, ABC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 2
OUR 45th ANNIVERSARY SHOW — “Thanks for Listening”
Those Were the Days began its celebration of the Golden Age of Radio on May 2, 1970. As we complete forty-five years of Those Were the Days broadcasts, we’ll honor this special anniversary by sharing highlights from our recent benefit for WDCB, held at Chicago’s Irish American Heritage Center, with Those Were the Days creator and long-time host Chuck Schaden, current TWTD host Steve Darnall, announcer Ken Alexander, members of our Those Were the Days radio players, and our special guests.
Information about this special anniversary event is available from WDCB at 630-942-4200 or by clicking here.
SATURDAY, MAY 9
ORSON WELLES CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION - 1
Read the article about Orson Welles in the Spring 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
MERCURY THEATRE ON THE AIR (7-11-38) “Dracula” starring Orson Welles as Count Dracula and Dr. Seward in the first show in the series, an adaptation of the classic story by Bram Stoker. Cast includes Martin Gabel, George Coulouris, Ray Collins, Karl Swenson, Agnes Moorehead. Sustaining, CBS. (22 min & 39 min)
THE SHADOW (3-13-38) “The Silent Avenger” starring Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston, with Agnes Moorehead as the lovely Margot Lane. A criminal on death row vows revenge on those who put him there... including The Shadow.Ken Roberts announces. Blue Coal, MBS. (29 min)
BLACK MUSEUM (1952) “The Tan Shoe” is a story of murder and robbery and how Scotland Yard tracked down the killer. Orson Welles narrates. Syndicated. (25 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3-14-43) Orson Welles subs for Jack (who is ill with pneumonia) and invites the cast to visit him on the set of his new film. With Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Andy Devine, Frank Nelson, Verna Felton. Grape-Nuts Flakes, NBC. (29 min)
THIS IS MY BEST (11-21-44) “Around the World in 80 Days” a radio version of the classic story by Jules Verne, with Orson Welles as Phileas Fogg, who makes a wager that he can circumvent the globe. John McIntire hosts, with Wally Maher, Earle Ross. Cresta Blanca Wines, CBS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 16
ORSON WELLES CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION - 2
THIRD MAN (5-16-52) “The Elusive Vermeer” starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, re-creating the role he played in the 1950 film of the same name. A thief plans to steal a valuable painting and asks Harry to help him dispose of it. Syndicated. (29 min)
SUSPENSE (5-18-44 and 5-25-44) “Donovan’s Brain” starring Orson Welles in a two-part radio adaptation of the story by Curt Siodmak. A scientist manages to preserve the brain of a prominent businessman, but soon discovers the brain has plans of its own. With John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan, Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns as the Man in Black. Roma Wines, CBS. (29 min & 29 min)
ORSON WELLES’ ALMANAC (5-31-44) A variety show broadcast from the The Air Transport Command in Long Beach, California, with Lud Gluskin and the Orchestra, singer Martha Tilton, announcer John McIntire and guest Marjorie Reynolds, who joins Orson for a sketch, “What a Typical GI Soldier Does on Leave.” Later, Orson spoofs his recent performance in “Donovan’s Brain” on Suspense. Mobil Oil, CBS. (30 min)
CAMPBELL PLAYHOUSE (3-31-40) “Jane Eyre” starring Orson Welles and Madeline Carroll in a radio version of the story by Charlotte Bronte, about an orphan girl who goes to work as a governess at a mansion that houses a secret. Cast includes Cecilia Loftus, Robert Coote, George Coulouris, Edgar Barrier, Serita Wooten. Ernest Chappell announces. Last show of the series. Campbell Soups, CBS. (25 min and 34 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 23
A BIG DAY WITH THE BIG BANDS
LET’S DANCE (5-4-35) Rare excerpt featuring Benny Goodman and his Orchestra. Selections include “I’m Livin’ In A Great Big Way,” “Star Dust,” and “Walk, Jennie, Walk.” Announcer is George Hicks. Vocals by “Fascinatin’ Helen Ward” and Ray Hendricks. Broadcast from Studio 8-H in New York City. National Biscuit Company, NBC. (16 min)
MUSICALLY YOURS #44 (Late 1947) A studio broadcast from Chicago featuring Orrin Tucker and his Orchestra with vocalist Scottee Marsh. The Tucker band plays “Under A Blanket of Blue,” “Dream A Little Dream of Me,” “What A Girl! What A Night!” and other numbers. Jim Gray announces. U.S. Fifth Army. Syndicated. (15 min)
ELLA FITZGERALD AND HER FAMOUS ORCHESTRA (3-4-40) Remote broadcast from Roseland Ballroom in Times Square, New York City. Selections include “I Got Rhythm,” “Chewing Gum,” “Lover, Come Back To Me” and “The Starlit Hour.” Sustaining, NBC-Blue. (30 min)
SKINNAY ENNIS AND HIS ORCHESTRA (9-23-47) A program emanating from the Astor Roof of the Hotel Astor, located in Times Square, with vocals by Skinnay Ennis and Carmene. The band plays “Ain’tcha Ever Comin’ Back,” “I Never Knew,” “Lamplight,” and “Just Plain Love.” Announcer is Gene Kirby. Sustaining, ABC. (25 min)
MAKE BELIEVE BALLROOM (2-3-40) Host Martin Block celebrates the program’s fifth anniversary in a special broadcast from the Gold Room of the Ambassador Hotel in New York City. Martin’s special guests are the Andrews Sisters and Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. The Miller band plays several selections, including “Star Dust,” Indian Summer,” “In The Mood,” and “Tuxedo Junction.” The Andrews Sisters sing “Ciribiribin” and “Beer Barrel Polka”; Martin Block presents Glenn Miller with a special award. Additional vocals by Marion Hutton, Ray Eberle and Tex Beneke. Sustaining, WNEW/New York. (30 min and 13 min)
CAB CALLOWAY AND HIS ORCHESTRA (1-12-46) Remote broadcast “Direct from the Cradle of Swing, the College Inn of the Hotel Sherman” in downtown Chicago. Vocals by Cab Calloway and Dottie Salters. The Calloway band plays “We the Cats Shall Hep Ya,” “I Should Care,” “Minnie the Moocher” and “One O’Clock Jump.” Everett Clarke announces. Sustaining. CBS. (30 min)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about the big bands and big stars of the swing era.
SATURDAY, MAY 30
BOSTON BLACKIE (6-23-44) First show of this summer replacement series, starring Chester Morris as Blackie, with Richard Lane as Inspector Faraday, re-creating the roles they played in the Columbia movies. Blackie is arrested in Chicago after a woman accuses him of stealing $10,000 from her grandfather. Harlow Wilcox announces. Rinso, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about Veronica Lake in the Spring 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LUX RADIO THEATRE (11-18-46) “O.S.S.” starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in a radio version of Ladd’s 1946 film about the formation of the Office of Strategic Services and the hazards its agents faced during World War II. Cast includes Gale Gordon, Joseph Kearns, Richard Benedict. William Keighley hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (17 min & 17 min & 23 min)
INFORMATION PLEASE (2-21-39) It’s “Time to stump the experts” with master of ceremonies Clifton Fadiman, with panelists Franklin P. Adams, John Kieran and Oscar Levant. Guest expert is baseball player Moe Berg. Milton Cross announces. Canada Dry, NBC.(30 min)
WEIRD CIRCLE (10-3-43) “A Terribly Strange Bed” based on the story by Wilkie Collins. Two men in Paris become intrigued by a series a mysterious murders in which the victim is crushed and thrown into the river. Syndicated. (27 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (11-24-45) Wiliam Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, Sharon Douglas as Babs, Dink Trout as Waldo Binney, Warren Miles as Simon, John Brown as Digby O’Dell. Riley develops a dislike for Babs’ boyfriend but isn’t sure of the best way to keep them apart. Ken Carpenter announces. Teel, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 20
PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN (6-26-45) Chet Huntley reports on the closing session of the United Nations Conference for International Organization from the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. President Truman addresses the delegates and speaks about the great work done in developing a charter for the UN. CBS. (31 min) Read the article about the United Nations in the Spring 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
GUNSMOKE (10-31-52) “The Overland Express” starring Wiliam Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester. Matt and Chester track down a wanted killer and must transport him back to Dodge by stagecoach. Cast includes Vic Perrin, Lawrence Dobkin, Lou Krugman. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
COMEDY CARAVAN (4-21-44) Jimmy Durante and Garry Moore star, with Georgia Gibbs, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra, announcer Howard Petrie. Jimmy and Garry perform a detective sketch, “Bulldog Drummond Lays an Egg.” Georgia sings “Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
GANGBUSTERS (7-31-48) “The Case of the Carnival Caper” tells the story of how “robbery rode the big show-train until police officers found the mysterious passenger and stopped murder on the carnival midway.” Cast: Robert Dryden, Bill Smith, Jean Ellen, Arthur Vinton, Frank Readick, Stanley Niss. Don Gardiner announces. Syndicated. (23 min)
LUM AND ABNER (10-17-48) Chester Lauck and Norris Goff star, with Clarence Hartzell as Ben Withers, announcer Wendell Niles, Felix Mills and the Orchestra. Lum pretends he has a broken leg to avoid seeing the widow Abernathy. Frigidaire, CBS. (28 min)
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (9-15-49) “Anna and the King of Siam” starring Deborah Kerr in a radio version of the story by Margaret Landon. A spirited English schoolteacher is hired to tutor the royal children of the King of Siam. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 27
LOOKING BACK...AT THE FUTURE
DIMENSION X (4-15-50) “With Folded Hands” starring Alexander Scourby, Bryna Raeburn in a story set in 2006, about a mechanical brain and robot that is always at your service. Norman Rose narrates. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-16-38) With Mary Livingstone, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Phil Harris, Kenny Baker, Don Wilson. Jack, Mary and Rochester return home from San Francisco and the cast presents a look at the Benny show forty years in the future. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
X MINUS ONE (1-11-56) “Time and Time Again” is the story of a soldier in the year 1975 who is hit by a bomb during World War III and sent back into the past. Cast: Jack Grimes, Peter Fernandez, Joe DeSantis, Joseph Bell, Clark Gordon, Herm Dinkin, Dick Hamilton, James Dukas. Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
BIRDS EYE OPEN HOUSE (1-24-46) Dinah Shore stars, with announcer Harry Von Zell, Robert Emmet Dolan and the Orchestra, Frank Nelson, and guest Frank Sinatra. Frank and Dinah perform a sketch as a married couple... in 1996. Dinah sings “That Old Black Magic” and “How Deep Is the Ocean”; Frank sings “Day By Day.” AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
THEATRE GUILD ON THE AIR (4-26-53) “1984” starring Richard Widmark as Winston Smith, Alan Hewitt as O’Brien, Marian Seldes as Julia. A radio adaptation of George Orwell’s novel about a totalitarian society ruled by “Big Brother.” Newscaster Kenneth Banghart narrates, with Robert Readick, Staats Cotsworth, Ronald Long, Florence Robinson. Announcer is Norman Brokenshire. United States Steel, NBC. (20 min & 15 min & 16 min)
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SUNDAY, MARCH 22
MATINEE WITH BOB AND RAY (11-10-48) Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding from early in their careers, presenting “The Life and Loves of Linda Lovely.” Participating sponsors, WHDH.
NIGHTBEAT (9-11-50) Frank Lovejoy stars as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star. Stone is accosted by an escaped convict seeking revenge on the man who convicted him. Sustaining, NBC.
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-26-46) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, who recalls his first meeting with the lovely Leila Ransom (Shirley Mitchell). Kraft, NBC.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (8-14-50) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover. The police investigate the death of a woman who was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” in high school. Sustaining, CBS.
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET (11-21-48) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star. When Ozzie complains about Harriet’s curiosity, she decides to turn the tables on him. International Silver, NBC.
QUIET PLEASE (5-21-49) “The Oldest Man in the World” is the story about the home of a caveman who lived 20,000 years ago. Narrated by Ernest Chappell, with Don Briggs, Nancy Sheridan. Sustaining, ABC.
SUNDAY, APRIL 5
BABY SNOOKS SHOW (3-20-51) Fanny Brice stars as Snooks, with Hanley Stafford as Daddy. It’s Easter time and Daddy wants the family to have new clothes for the holiday. Tums, NBC.
LUKE SLAUGHTER OF TOMBSTONE (3-2-58) Sam Buffington stars as Luke, who steps in when an army buddy is accused of killing cattle. Sustaining, CBS.
BENNY GOODMAN’S SWING SCHOOL (8-10-37) With Benny Goodman’s Orchestra and Trio, announcer Bill Goodwin, and comedy from guests Block and Sulley. Camel Cigarettes, CBS.
SUNDAY, APRIL 12
FRONTIER TOWN (5-7-49) “Death and Taxes” starring Jeff (Tex) Chandler as Chad Remington, Wade Crosby as Cherokee O’Bannion. The tax collector of Medicine Hat asks Chad’s help in exposing municipal corruption. Syndicated.
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (10-14-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant and guest Ezio Pinza, who gives Al tips on how to be an opera singer. Kraft Foods, NBC.
INNER SANCTUM (4-17-50) “Beneficiary: Death” starring Everett Sloane. A man is involved in an auto accident after picking up a hitch-hiker. Bromo Seltzer, CBS.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
THE BIG SHOW (2-11-51) Tallulah Bankhead hosts this all-star spectacular, broadcast from Hollywood for the first time, with performances from the Andrews Sisters, Joan Davis, Judy Garland, Gordon MacRae, Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis, Groucho Marx. Participating sponsors, NBC.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
CITIZEN OF THE WORLD (7-10-49) Lee J. Cobb hosts this special program, written and directed by Norman Corwin on behalf of United Nations Radio, “containing the voices of many people... most of them concerned with doing something to make life happier and healthier.” CBS. Read the article about the United Nations in the Spring 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (10-4-51) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie Revere, who becomes the agent to a hobo whose talents include poetry and wrestling. Syndicated.
SUNDAY, MAY 3
BOSTON BLACKIE (11-5-46) Dick Kollmar stars as Blackie, with Lesley Woods as Mary. A hoodlum’s plan to disguise his features backfires when he’s arrested as a cop killer. Syndicated. Read the article about Boston Blackie in the Spring 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
BOB HOPE SHOW (4-11-39) A show from Bob’s first season on the air, with Patsy Kelly, Jerry Colonna, and guests Betty Grable and Jackie Coogan, who join Bob to sing “The Lady’s in Love With You.” Pepsodent, NBC.
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (12-2-48) “Old Man Minnick” starring Victor Moore in a radio adaptation of the Edna Ferber story, about a widower who must move in with his children. Hallmark Cards, CBS.
SUNDAY, MAY 10
LIFE OF RILEY (5-8-48) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley. On Mother’s Day, Riley gets breakfast in bed. Prell Shampoo, NBC.
SUSPENSE (5-22-47) “Her Knight Comes Riding” starring Virginia Bruce, with Howard Duff, Joseph Kearns, Wally Maher. A woman suspects her husband is a murderer and begins to pull away from him. Roma Wines, CBS.
KATE SMITH SHOW (3-17-44) “The Songbird of the South,” welcomes Abbott and Costello and Veronica Lake, who appears in scenes from her film The Hour Before The Dawn. AFRS rebroadcast. Read the article about Veronica Lake in the Spring 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUNDAY, MAY 17
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (6-4-56 thru 6-8-56) “The Indestructible Mike Matter” starring Bob Bailey as Dollar, who investigates when a penniless bum receives a $50,000 life insurance policy. Sustaining, CBS.
VIC AND SADE (12-4-45) With Art Van Harvey as Vic, Bernadine Flynn as Sade. The family gets a visit from Mr. Corkle, the gas meter reader. Oxydol, CBS.
SUNDAY, MAY 24
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (7-30-44) Mistress of ceremonies Barbara Stanwyck welcomes Dick Haymes, Sterling Holloway, June Allyson, Cass Daley, Linda Darnell and Errol Flynn, who takes a shower. AFRS.
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (10-15-45) “Children, This Is Your Father” starring Loretta Young with Gale Gordon in the story of “a veteran’s reunion with his wife and family.” DuPont, NBC.
INFORMATION PLEASE (3-28-39) It’s “Time to stump the experts” with Franklin P. Adams and John Kieran and two guest experts: novelist Rex Stout and playwright Moss Hart. Canada Dry, NBC.
SUNDAY, MAY 31
DIMENSION X (4-8-50) “The Outer Limit” starring Joseph Julian in the first show of the series. A test pilot returns from a flight with news of an alien contact... and a warning. Sustaining, NBC.
TEXACO TOWN (1-3-37) Eddie Cantor stars, with Deanna Durbin, Harry Einstein as Parkyakarkus, Sidney Fields and guest Al Jolson, who sings “Margie.” Texaco, CBS.
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (12-27-47) “The Shepherd Dog” starring Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston, who finds an old dog caught in an animal trap. Sustaining, ABC.
SUNDAY, JUNE 7
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-20-46) With Mary Livingstone, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Phil Harris, Dennis Day, Don Wilson. Jack presents “The Fiddler,” his version of The Whistler. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC.
THE WHISTLER (12-5-48) “Hired Alibi” starring Ed Begley, Jack Webb. An embezzler’s fear of being caught changes when he picks up a hitch-hiker. Signal Oil, CBS.
PHILCO RADIO TIME (4-9-47) Bing Crosby stars, with guests Alec Templeton and Peggy Lee. Alec plays “Clair De Lune” and a medley of Bing’s hits. Philco, ABC.
SUNDAY, JUNE 14
RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (2-9-51) Dick Powell stars as Diamond. A clothing store hires Diamond after a number of blue serge suits are stolen. Camel Cigarettes, ABC.
IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT (11-3-44) Tom Howard hosts this spoof of quiz programs, with Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell, George Shelton and guest Shirley Booth. AFRS rebroadcast.
LIGHTS OUT (7-27-46) “The Battle of the Magicians” starring Everett Clarke and Tony Parrish in a tale of zombies, creatures of the dead. Sustaining, NBC.
SUNDAY, JUNE 21
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (6-21-42) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, whose niece and nephew decide to get him an easy chair for Father’s Day. Kraft Foods, NBC.
I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI (9-10-52) “Violence Preferred” starring Dana Andrews as Matt Cvetic, who must get incriminating documents to the FBI before they are destroyed. Syndicated.
SPOTLIGHT REVUE (11-5-48) Spike Jones and His City Slickers star, with Dorothy Shay and guest Jerry Colonna, who sings “The Life of a Sailor For Me.” Coca-Cola, CBS.
SUNDAY, JUNE 28
COUNTERSPY (12-10-50) Don McLaughlin stars as David Harding, with Mandel Kramer as Peters. A gang is smuggling microfilm across the U.S. border from Mexico. Sustaining, NBC.
OUR MISS BROOKS (5-22-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, who is coerced into looking after a great dane. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS.
STARS OVER HOLLYWOOD (10-6-51) “I Knew This Woman” starring Joan Crawford as herself, coming to the aid of a friend whose fiancee has been acting strangely. Carnation Evaporated Milk, CBS.
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